What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday? If you or someone you love has ever needed blood products, perhaps you’re thankful for an adequate blood supply. In our area, 500 blood donations are needed each day to ensure patients receive the blood they need.
The American Red Cross relies on the generosity of eligible blood donors to maintain a steady and consistent blood supply for local patients. While holiday plans take many regular blood donors out of town and off of their normal schedule, the Red Cross encourages infrequent or first-time blood donors to give the gift of life this Thanksgiving.
Kroger and Scott’s will sponsor the Great Turkey Escape Blood Drive at Red Cross donor centers in Fort Wayne and Goshen, Nov. 25 – 30. Come to donate blood or platelets and be entered to win a $50 Kroger and Scott’s gift card and a certificate for a 10-14 pound turkey. A winner will be drawn each day of the blood drive.
The Great Turkey Escape Blood Drive will take place at the following times and locations:
Fort Wayne Donor Center: 1212 E. California Rd., across from the Memorial Coliseum
- Monday, Nov. 25 and Tuesday, Nov. 26: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 27: noon – 6 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 29: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 30: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lutheran Hospital Donor Center: 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 107, in the South Lobby of Lutheran Hospital
- Monday, Nov. 25 and Tuesday, Nov. 26: noon – 6 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30: 6 a.m. – noon
Goshen Donor Center: 1123 S. Indiana Ave., Goshen
- Monday, Nov. 25 through Wednesday, Nov. 27: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Friday, Nov. 29: 6 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Nov. 30: 6 a.m. – 1 p.m.
How to Donate Blood
To schedule an appointment to donate please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org <http://www.redcrossblood.org/> for more information. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in Indiana), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. Please bring your Red Cross blood donor card or other form of positive ID when you come to donate.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross <https://twitter.com/RedCross> .